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Jan 18, 2010 4:00pm EST
palace of president karzai. i point that out simply because of the proximity to the seat of power theoretically in that country. afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians were killed. 71 others wounded in that shooting. each of the seven militants were ultimately killed. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is live from kabul with the latest. how are we to interpret this level of violence, jim, this close to the seat of power in that country? >> reporter: you know, the timing was unmistakable. the very time the taliban launched these attacks, president hamid karzai just inside the walls of the presidential palace was starting to swear in members of his new cabinet. so, you know, that timing wasn't lost on anybody. and what's interesting about this, is that while u.s. military officials are now praising the afghan security forces for beating back this attack today, the question is, how did they get those forces so close to the presidential palace in the first place? particularly because western intelligence officials have been predicting this very kind o
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